Weather warning upgraded to 'amber' as heavy showers expected tomorrow

Javier Howell
March 3, 2018

On Wednesday, the Met Office issued the first red warning for the central belt of Scotland.

There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Gatwick Airport said due to the severe weather they are "expecting a large number of cancellations and delays to flights".

People have been advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The warning expired a day after a similar warning for Scotland came to an end, while at 10am today two amber warnings for the south-west and for Scotland also came to an end.

In addition to schools, some universities and nurseries have also been forced to close.

"I've just been on the phone to the MD of ScotRail and they will be winding down their services and suspending them and cancelling them in the red area from 15:00 until 10:00 tomorrow".

The outlook for Saturday to Monday remains similarly cold with sunny spells and further snow showers, however winds will gradually ease, with temperatures also very gradually rising to highs of 4C.

Traffic Scotland reported snow gate closures at the A93 and the A939 and accidents on major routes such as the A1, A74 (M), M80 and M8.

According to the UK Met Office, freezing winds from northern Scandinavia and northwest Russian Federation will mean temperatures will struggle to get above 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and plunge as low as -8 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. The runway has now reopened.

The SPFL announced that Wednesday night's games in the Ladbrokes Premiership - Celtic v Dundee, Hibernian v Hamilton Academical, Motherwell v Aberdeen - have been posponed. "Whilst initially the snow will be patchy in nature, it will turn heavier and more persistent through the afternoon and evening and it will become very windy".

Travel and public transport disruption is expected, and hundreds of schools across the country have already been closed.

As the so-called "Beast from the East" hit Scotland on Tuesday, travel routes saw disruption caused by hard driving conditions while some areas had power cuts.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "If you don't have to go anywhere over the next few days, stay at home".

Forecasters have said there is potential for up to 50cm of snow to fall over parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and south-east Wales, which will be accompanied by "very strong" winds. Unite Scotland criticised DHL and other delivery companies for sending out drivers during the red warning on Thursday. There have been red warnings for wind and rain north of the border before, the Met Office confirmed.

Blizzards are hitting parts of the United Kingdom, as freezing conditions and heavy snow cause deaths and wreak disruption.

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